Eighteen years ago Sean Martin Lockhart took delivery of the All Ireland Colleges’ Hogan Cup as captain of St Patrick’s College, Maghera.
Now the former Derry and Ulster player hopes to take a big step towards recapturing that trophy, this time as a coach.
Lockhart, along with Martin McConnell, has helped to bring the current St Patrick’s side into the last four of the All Ireland series where they will meet Connacht champions St Gerard’s at Brewster Park, Enniskillen tomorrow.
In claiming the MacRory Cup for the 13th time earlier this month, the Maghera side provided evidence that the national colleges’ crown is within their compass although Lockhart is picking his steps carefully in the build-up to their clash with the western college who scored three points in the last five minutes to clinch their fifth provincial crown.
“St Gerard’s have a big reputation and they will be very difficult opponents,” confirms Lockhart.
Lockhart’s team is underpinned by the midfield partnership of James Kearney and Peter Cassidy while Gerald Bradley, Stephen O’Hara and Danny Tallon are key forwards with Conor Carville and Declan Hughes defensive pillars.
Meanwhile, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, coached by Peter Canavan, will start favourites in their All Ireland U19 Vocational Schools semi-final against Davitt College, Castlebar in the other match on the Enniskillen double bill.
In the All Ireland Colleges ‘B’ semi-final St Michael’s, Lurgan, who impressed in beating St Louis GS, Kilkeel in the MacLarnon Cup final, will confront St Attracta’s, Tubbercurry.